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134th annual Neshoba County Fair underway

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Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty is officially underway.

Prior to the 134th annual Neshoba County Fair kicking off on Friday, we caught up with State Rep. Scott Bounds as his district has been gearing up for the annual agricultural, political, and social entertainment event for months now.

“If you’re a political junkie, it’s an almost you’ve got to attend type of event,” Bounds, who also serves as president of the fair, said on MidDays with Gerard Gibert. “Not to mention all the other fun stuff you can do too.”

As of now, every statewide candidate has agreed to speak. Revered as the most important political stump in Mississippi each election year, the Neshoba County Fair has welcomed a number of national and local candidates from former U.S. President Ronald Reagan to every Mississippi governor since 1889.

Political speaking dates for the 2023 Neshoba County Fair are:

  • Tuesday, July 25: Local candidates from Neshoba County
  • Wednesday, July 26: Mix of statewide candidates
  • Thursday, July 27: Mix of statewide candidates

All political speeches will take place before noon under the pavilion in Founders Square with each candidate getting 10 minutes to share what ideas and policies they’re running on.

Bounds also mentioned that this year’s headliners will include country music stars Niko Moon, Russell Dickerson, Jackson Dean, and Jameson Rodgers. Local artists will also have a chance to take the stage throughout the week.

“I know the Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music is being part of the sponsorship for our late-night bands. This year, we will have a band somewhere on the grounds every night but Sunday night,” Bounds said. “We’re developing some unique sponsorships and partnerships not only with local people but people across the state who see the value of the fair and the value of getting their name out there.”

The fair will of course include the usual rides, food, and horse races on top of the political talk and music. For a full schedule of events, click here.

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